Flow | Coaching & Consulting

Our founder, Sean Schmidt, offers personal coaching and consulting through our service called "Flow". Sean's extensive background in business, science, nonprofits, and athletics has given him the unique ability to coach and consult with clients in all aspects of their life, work, and fitness for over 10 years.

As a coach, Sean helps individuals and teams define and achieve goals by ensuring continuous forward progress towards his clients' life, work, and fitness objectives. As consultant, Sean often works with business and nonprofits in a similar capacity but is also able to offer his diverse skills, expertise, and creative ideas to key opportunities and challenges facing enterprises and organizations.

Examples of Coaching & Consulting Services
business coaching
career counseling
executive coaching
image consulting
life/work/fitness coaching
personal shopping
change management
corporate social responsibility
creative strategy
culture change initiatives
design (interior, garden, graphic, etc.)
meeting facilitation
process improvement
project/program concepting
program evaluation
sustainable business & development

Sean offers a sliding scale for his coaching and consulting services:
  • Student/Limited Income/Nonprofit rate: $45/hour
  • Professional/Small Business rate: $90/hour
  • Executive/Corporate rate: $180/hour

Packages and discounts are available.. More people than ever are seeking out coaches to be a sounding board and motivator in their life, work, and fitness goals...yet all of us are finding our financial resources constrained more than ever. To this end, the rates above are negotiable. Please don't let a lack of financial resources stop you from contacting Sean to start a coaching relationship. Team and/or group workshops can be developed to suit specific needs and Sean does facilitate teams, groups, meetings, retreats, etc.

Athletic Coaching
As a former competitive rower and pentathlete, Sean has trained and competed extensively in both conventional and very unique sports over the years. He has also coached rowing, swimming, and running on and off since 2000.

Swim Coaching...
Having been a Total Immersion (TI) coach for five years, I strongly believe that swimming should be something you enjoy rather than something you dread...whether you're training for a triathlon, just getting into swimming as a low impact fitness option, or getting over your fear of water. I can't recommend TI highly enough as a way to learn and/or improve your swimming. When you're ready to 'dive' into swimming seriously, please consider TI as one of your first steps. Their website, DVDs, and workshops are truly the best around for an easy, accessible way to improve your swimming.
Run Coaching...

Sean's run coaching comes mostly from triathlon workshops associated with Total Immersion which utilized the Posetech style and philosophy of running.

If you are in the Seattle area, Sean offers individual, small group, and team swim and run training and coaching. Standard hourly rates applies for individual coaching, small groups are generally $20/person and team training is generally $15/person. Sean has served as a motivational coach for individuals and athletes in other sports and can assist in finding technical coaches as needed. Sean is also available for workshops outside of the Seattle area. Simply contact us for more details.

About Sean
Sean has been called by many friends and colleagues "a true renaissance man" due to his diverse interests and experiences.

In the business world, Sean's 14 year tenure at Seattle-based fashion retailer Nordstrom included positions in sales, corporate human resources, information technology, and sustainable business & development. While still in college, Sean served as an international expert on Russian venture capital funds. Sean earned his Master of Arts in Policy Studies at University of Washington - Bothell focusing on sustainable development and conservation finance.

Sean's science background begins with science degrees in psychology (behavioral ecology) and environmental studies (conservation biology). He has taken part in research projects throughout the world including field work on song sparrows and terrestrial amphibians in Washington, investigating zoos of the former Soviet Union, studying snow leopard ecology in Ladakh (India), and evaluating the population status of Sandhill cranes in Cuba. Sean's travels also give him the opportunity to practice his language skills in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, and most recently Lushootseed.

In 2003, Sean co-founded the Sustainable Style Foundation with another Nordstrom alum to work across 15 design industries to promote sustainable design and sustainable personal lifestyle choices. He continues to serve as a board member and volunteer for many nonprofit organizations.

In his spare time, you'll find Sean reading up on the latest advances in the many science fields he is passionate about, keeping up on the latest innovations in design, or performing Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancing). Add to that his many hobbies that include basket weaving, poetry, international travel, as well as his athletic pursuits: outrigger paddling, continuing to train for modern pentathlon, and dabbling in polo.

I was joyfully surprised to see a swim class with so many diverse participants. The different ages and backgrounds really added to the group dynamic. I can't stop talking about what a wonderful, enlightening weekend I had.
- Denise, Sacremento